Around the South for May 1: MS, TN & SC


Mississippi: Espy, Hyde-Smith lead in poll. A survey taken by Triumph Campaigns for Y’all Politics in early April showed that in the “jungle” primary with all US Senate candidates competing, regardless of party, former US Rep. Mike Espy (D), who is African-American, led with 33.1%, followed by former state Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) with 33%, state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) with 12.8% and Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton (D) with 6.2%; 14.9% were undecided. McDaniel denounced the poll as “fake” and a “dirty trick,” reports the Clarion-Ledger. Nearly two-thirds of respondents were female and 39% were African-American, an over-representation in both cases ……. Tennessee: A Mason-Dixon poll in the state’s US Senate race showed former governor Phil Bredesen (D) with 46% to US Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s (R) 43%, with 11% undecided, reports the Tennessee Journal ……. South Carolina: Sanford, Wilson eyeing chairmanships. With the upcoming retirement of US Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), US Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) is considering a bid to succeed him as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. And since US Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) is also retiring, US Rep. Joe Wilson (D-SC) is exploring an effort to succeed him as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, reports Charleston’s Post & Courier. One major obstacle for both: The GOP must retain control of the House, which is a bit iffy …….